How can I prepare for the adoption process?

Families in Sioux Falls pursuing adoption have a lot of love to give. Adoption brings families together and ensures that all children have a chance at a happy and loving life. The process can be a bit intimidating for parents, which is why Parents Magazine offers the following tips. 

Not all adoptions are the same. For example, some parents prefer to adopt an infant while others are open to adopting older kids. You'll also need to decide whether you want to adopt a child from the U.S. or from another country. Whether you want an open or closed adoption is yet another consideration, as some adoptive parents prefer to maintain a lasting relationship with the birth parents. You must give these decisions a lot of thought, which allows you to go into the process fully informed. 

Adopting a child from foster care is usually free or entails a small fee. Private adoptions can be expensive in some instances, so you'll need to think about your financial plan as well. You can also hire an attorney to help you navigate the process. If you lack the savings, you can apply for loans or financial assistance from organizations created to help people cover the financial obligations associated with adoption.

Once the adoption is underway, you and your family will also be subject to a home study. The home study is an exhaustive process used to vet prospective parents to ensure their home and lifestyle is suitable for raising a child. You'll need to provide numerous documents, including financial statements, marriage certificates, medical evaluations, letters of reference, tax returns, information about your home, employment verification, and many others depending on the type of adoption. A social worker will also visit your home to interview you, your spouse, and any other children in your care. The goal of the home study is to ensure a child is entering into a healthy and loving environment.

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